Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Shakespeare's Gardens

I am so excited for tomorrow I'm off to Chelsea -- the Chelsea Flower Show -- THE flower show!!! Living in the Cotswolds for a month has been a life long dream and to have the Chelsea Flower Show fall into that month was just serendipitous!!!! So it's up early tomorrow as we go off to London . . .

A vacation within a holiday!
And today . . .

When daisies pied and violets blue
And lady-smocks all silver white
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
Do paint the meadows with delight,

William Shakespeare, Love's Labor Lost

The gardens of William Shakespeare . . . the garden outside his birthplace -- one of those wonderful mixed borders that the English do so well . . .

And a knot garden in "New Place" -- the site of Shakespeare's home which has been torn down.

And the border of New Place -- roped off because of a "dig" they were doing in the gardens.

An herb garden at the home of Shakespeare's daughter, Susannah and her husband -- an inspiration for Linderhof's herb gardens.

The mixed border at Hall's Croft (Susannah's house). Loved the focal point at the end of the garden.

We did tour all of the Stratford Shakespeare properties and unlike so many homes, no photos were allowed inside. The gardens, however, are another story and so we snapped away!!!!

And what a prelude to Chelsea!

After a day of tromping around Stratford, we decided on an easy dinner . . . and so we headed towards a favorite Chips shop in Bloxham . . . and

Dinner was paper packages of take away fish and chips!!! It's really good food!!!! (And a lot of food!!!)


Bernideen said...

Oh how perfectly delicious! I am so excited for you to go to this flowers show! Loved these photos of Shakespear's garden! This is such fun! Keep up the good work!

Erica (Irene) said...

Martha.....gorgeous flowers. I love fish and chips, we have some good Brits who live here and have some Fish and Chip places.

Pondside said...

What a great time you're having. How will I be satisfied with tonight's dinner after seeing the fish and chips?

Lottie said...

What beautiful gardens! Wish I were with you. Enjoy the flower show!

Laura said...

So envious that you are going to the flower show. I always say I'll fly home at this time of year, so that I can take my mum for her birthday. Hopefully, next year! Enjoy yourselves there. Lx

Marlis said...

Oh Martha how i've so enjoyed your trip. Thanks so much for dropping with your very kind comments. Happy and safe travels.. Lovely photos!

Kathy said...

What a marvelous experience - Amazing gardens! Would love to stroll through them! Hope you have a wonderful trip! Love Fish and Chips - with malt vinegar!!!

Bernideen said...

I hope you can join me for Tea in the Garden on Saturday!

Becky said...

Martha, thanks so much for sharing your photos of Shakespeare's gardens. When I was there it was in March, so it is wonderful to see how they look a little later in the growing season. I'm so happy you are getting to live your dream.